Ms Sturgeon also revealed that the working title of the SNP's manifesto for the 2007 Scottish parliament elections is "A Culture of Independence".Peter MacMahon rightly noted that there's a wee bit of a contradiction here: the SNP's activists are overwhelmingly anti-individualist.
The Nationalists would be arguing that their political aim of independence for Scotland is replicated in their policy approach. Their aspiration for Scottish independence would be matched by an aspiration for "personal and individual independence", Ms Sturgeon said.
Nicola Sturgeon responded a few days later and insisted that her party favours personal as well as national independence.
But her letter shows that the SNP just doesn't get it:
For example, we want to get rid of student loans and tuition fees so that young graduates do not start their working lives weighed down by debt.And that's an example of personal independence! No, it's dependence. Someone else, including non-graduates, will have to pay.
first-time buyers' grants to help young people get a foot on the housing ladderAnother subsidy from the taxpayer.
Next, she wants:
a small business charter to encourage and reward enterprise.Business doesn't need a politician's "charter"; it needs a politician's absence.
I'm afraid that the SNP has a very long way to go before it even begins to understand what personal independence really means.